Charcoal production techniques in SOUTH AFRICA

VUTHISA has been on the forefront of improving emissions from pyrolysis equipment especially of the type used in developing countries.  Herewith our concept document to make sense of the charcoal industry in South Africa. Our study includes the types of systems being used and approximate cost of such systems and market potential of charcoal. Part … Continue reading Charcoal production techniques in SOUTH AFRICA

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How to install a DUMMY CCTV CAMERA

Install a dummy CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) security camera at your home or business by re-purposing or transforming an older / outdated / poor condition camera into a modern-looking LED fitted camera. See our step-by-step video: https://youtu.be/dp0LzEWVydM Older type CCTV security cameras actually contain old-fashioned video cameras very unlike the plethora of modern, more sophisticated and … Continue reading How to install a DUMMY CCTV CAMERA

Who killed the electric vehicle FULL MOVIE

In the early 90s General Motors began developing an electric car, but just over 10 years later all proof of their existence was removed. A movie detailing this interesting period of American history was released by Sony Pictures Classics (June, 2006) also on DVD by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with the title "Who killed the electric … Continue reading Who killed the electric vehicle FULL MOVIE

Google SketchUp – Free 3D Design Software Tutorial – Part 1 Beginners

In this HD quality YouTube video tutorial we show you how to use the basic drawing and navigation tools on Google SketchUp Free or Pro version. Learn to use the Move/Copy-, Line draw-, Orbit-, and Push-pull tools. We teach the importance of grouping objects and finally how to save to PNG and to older SketchUp … Continue reading Google SketchUp – Free 3D Design Software Tutorial – Part 1 Beginners

How to still make money with the new YouTube 1000/4000 rules with TubeBuddy

Do any of you have a #YouTube channel? YouTube recently announced that for a channel to qualify for #monetization it needs 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in the last 12 months by 20 February, 2018. Kind of shocking for those channels that have enjoyed receiving the odd check in the post from YouTube and now will receive: NIL. … Continue reading How to still make money with the new YouTube 1000/4000 rules with TubeBuddy

Simple Biltong Maker

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef (especially silver side) and game meats to fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain. Biltong … Continue reading Simple Biltong Maker

Filing Cabinet Smoker DIY Video

Ever wondered how some butcheries smoke their meat? Build your own cold smoker and experience the thrill of creating your own smoked sausages, chicken fillets, pork ribs, pork belly that can be carved into bacon strips etc; etc. Place a heating source (in our case carbonized Casuarina wood) into the bottom drawer and some wood … Continue reading Filing Cabinet Smoker DIY Video

Waste Biomass Beneficiation & Job Creation Solution ~ Vuthisa Biochar Retort

Biomass beneficiation solution: Vuthisa Biochar Retort The basic Vuthisa Biochar Retort (Kiln Kit) consists of: 4 Main kiln side sections bolted together with 64 x bolt/nut/spring washer assemblies and 128 washers. 4 x Channel Iron air inlets 2 x Collars 1 x Heavy Duty Rounded Flat Lid with Chimney Flange 3 x Open top reconditioned … Continue reading Waste Biomass Beneficiation & Job Creation Solution ~ Vuthisa Biochar Retort

Hand operated briquette press – utilizing waste paper and sawdust

  Firewood dependence for cooking in the developing world has resulted in forests being depleted at a rate of 2.5 to 3% per year. It is here in the poorest parts of the world that villagers spend a good portion of their time gathering wood to cook, heat and make charcoal. To counter this dependence … Continue reading Hand operated briquette press – utilizing waste paper and sawdust

Biochar production from Vineyard grape waste

We just concluded a successful 3-day Biochar demonstration on two prominent Vineyards in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. See this video of the kiln in action: Also see our updates on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vuthisa/ Best results were achieved by bottom-lighting the kiln. We have drawn up a discussion document for applying Biochar to the soil in vineyards and orchards. … Continue reading Biochar production from Vineyard grape waste

Sneak preview of our new IP

by Kobus Venter Well done to Troy Manufacturing for again being able to translate our drawings into workable solutions. Most components are laser-cut, but many add-ons are hand made. The quality of the welding is also top class. All components are in direct contact with fire so none will be painted. They all come together … Continue reading Sneak preview of our new IP

Interesting observation – charcoal pile

By Kobus Venter The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative is progressing well thanks to the Energy and Environment Partnership Southern and East Africa funding. EEP-S&EA have partnered with us until July 2015 to fund 50% of our project costs. We were busy setting up a tent for Biochar storage when I noticed a pile of charcoal "fines" … Continue reading Interesting observation – charcoal pile

Employing aliens to capture carbon

By Kobus Venter (Extracted from a Green Times article published on 20 February, 2014: http://thegreentimes.co.za/employing-aliens-to-fight-carbon/) Imagine turning thirsty alien invasive trees into biochar.  Biochar is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass. This differs from charcoal only in the sense that its primary use is not for fuel, but for biosequestration or atmospheric carbon capture. If … Continue reading Employing aliens to capture carbon

My website in review (2013)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 36,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading My website in review (2013)

The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative

By Kobus Venter Welcome to the 'Vuthisa Biochar Initiative' blog page. On this page you will learn more about our project and what we hope to achieve. The project officially kicked off in December 2013. The project actually has many outcomes, but the primary goals are: Create Employment - Up to 30 workers will be … Continue reading The Vuthisa Biochar Initiative

Vuthisa Biochar Trials Ivory Coast – Part 1

By Kobus Venter Here we have Ivoire Consommation from Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) using the Vuthisa 3-Drum Biochar Retort. A concerted effort was made by Kouamé Bahfi (owner of Ivoire Consommation) to make Biochar and promote it as a soil amendment in his region. In this video Gmelina was carbonized (bought in), using twigs and … Continue reading Vuthisa Biochar Trials Ivory Coast – Part 1

How to get people to know about your blog or website

by Kobus Venter Just follow these basic tips to get people to find your website. I hope others that start off on WordPress finds this and keep working at getting traffic. If your stats show only a handful of visits per month, it means no one knows about your website and it’s not showing up … Continue reading How to get people to know about your blog or website

Vuthisa Biochar Trials Guatemala – Part 1

Herewith Part 1 of the trials and tribulations of starting a Biochar project in Guatemala. Emphasis is on manufacturing Biochar from invasive alien species in the forests of Guatemala, without creating excessive air pollution. Using a retort system means that gaseous products that are normally vented unburnt are in fact now utilised to provide the … Continue reading Vuthisa Biochar Trials Guatemala – Part 1

Construct and optimize a Facebook Fan Page for your business

      By Kobus Venter I have blogged about issues of interest to me and related to my business for the last couple of years and thought it was about time to venture out into the world of Social Media Networking. The first thing I did was to create a Fan Page on Facebook, before … Continue reading Construct and optimize a Facebook Fan Page for your business